Circular Quay ferry wharf

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Circular Quay
Circular Quay Wharf From the Water.JPG
View towards the wharf, railway station and surrounding buildings from Sydney Cove
Location Alfred Street, Sydney central business district
Coordinates 33°51′40.267″S 151°12′38.539″E / 33.86118528°S 151.21070528°E / -33.86118528; 151.21070528Coordinates: 33°51′40.267″S 151°12′38.539″E / 33.86118528°S 151.21070528°E / -33.86118528; 151.21070528
Owned by Roads & Maritime Services
Operated by Harbour City Ferries
Platforms 5 wharves (10 berths)
Connections Bus
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Status Staffed

Circular Quay ferry wharf is a complex of wharves at Circular Quay, on Sydney Cove, that serves as the hub for the Sydney Harbour ferry network.


The Circular Quay ferry wharf complex consists of five double sided wharves at 90 degrees to the shoreline, numbered 2 to 6. Wharves 2 to 5 are used exclusively by Sydney Ferries, while wharf 6 is used by operators including Captain Cook Cruises and Manly Fast Ferries. Each wharf has ticket selling facilities on both sides of the barriers as most other wharves do not have such facilities.

On the eastern side alongside Bennelong Apartments, is the Eastern Pontoon used by charter operators. On the western side, lie the Commissioners Steps and Harbour Masters Steps that are used by charter operators and water taxis.

When the Port Jackson & Manly Steamship Company introduced hydrofoils to the Manly service in the mid-1960s, a pontoon was attached to the eastern side of wharf 2 to allow the hydrofoils to berth without their foils fouling the wharf. This was removed when the hydrofoils were replaced by JetCats in 1991.

Wharf 3 is exclusively used by ferries on the Manly service. When the Freshwater class ferries were introduced in the 1980s, the wharf was rebuilt to accommodate their onboard gangways. It has a mezzanine level allowing ferries to disembark passengers from their upper decks. It also houses an office for Harbour City Ferries. To better accommodate the larger ferries, wharf 3 is built higher from the water and this combined with differently configured Opal card readers, means only Manly ferries can use the wharf.

Wharves 2, 3, 4 and 5 are used interchangeably by Sydney Ferries.

Ferry services[edit]

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
  • All stops to Mosman Bay
  • Limited stops to Mosman Bay
6 Lane Cove River [7]
Harbour Explorer
Watsons Bay
  • Captain Cook Cruises Watsons Bay Rocket
Manly Fast Ferry
Sydney Harbour Eco Hopper Tourist Hop on/Hop off service around Sydney Harbour [11]

Public transport interchange[edit]

Aerial view of the wharves
View of Wharves 4 & 5 from Circular Quay station

The Circular Quay ferry wharf complex is adjacent to an elevated railway station of the same name. The station is served by Sydney Trains services on the Airport, Inner West & South Line and the Bankstown Line.

South of the railway station is the Alfred Street bus terminus. A large number of Sydney Buses routes originate from there as well as two Sydney Explorer routes.


  1. ^ a b "F2: Taronga Zoo and F6: Mosman Bay ferry timetable" (PDF). Sydney Ferries. 20 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "F1: Manly ferry timetable" (PDF). Sydney Ferries. 20 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "F5; Neutral Bay ferry timetable" (PDF). Sydney Ferries. 20 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "F7: Eastern Suburbs timetable" (PDF). Sydney Ferries. 20 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "F3: Parramatta River Ferry timetable" (PDF). Sydney Ferries. 20 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "F4: Darling Harbour ferry timetable" (PDF). Sydney Ferries. 20 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Lane Cove Ferry timetable" (PDF). Captain Cook Cruises. 18 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Harbour Explorer timetable" (PDF). Captain Cook Cruises. 14 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Watsons Bay Rocket timetable" (PDF). Captain Cook Cruises. 7 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "Manly Fast Ferry timetable". Many Fast Ferry. 1 April 2015 [Amended 21 April 2015]. 
  11. ^ "Eco Hopper Timetable". Bass & Flinders. 5 April 2015. 

External links[edit]

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